Japan Earthquake Donations, March 2011 · 4/4/2011

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This is Paul Maruyama of Monument, Colorado.  I am a graduate of Yamato HS (Class of 61) and am thankful to you and all Yamato HS alumni who are keeping us informed about opportunities for former Yamato HS students.

I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that the Japan America Society of Southern Colorado (a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization of which I am president) has been accepting donations since the day following the earthquake to aid in the relief effort of the Japanese who were so tragically affected by the recent earthquake, tsunami, and radiation problems.  I welcome any and all to visit www.japanamerica.org to make a donation to the Japan earthquake relief fund.  100% of  donations will be sent via bank transfer to the Japan Red Cross Society so that 100% goes directly to Japan.  Payment can be made by check or by Paypal on our website (JASSC will donate all adminsitrative costs of Paypal).  Instructions for sending checks are available on our website as well.  I would be grateful if you could pass the word out about our efforts to aid Japan. 

On an additional note, I have written and published a very personal and true story about the rescue and repatriation of 1.7 million Japanese civilians from Soviet occupied Manchuria at the end of World War II entitled "Escape from Manchuria".  It is the story of three courageous Japanese men who escaped to Japan from Manchuria and eventually convinced General Douglas MacArthur to send US military vessels to rescue the 1.7 million Japanese civilians stranded in Manchuria, abandoned by the helpless post-War Japanese government.  One of the three men was my father.  The book is available at www. amazon.com and at all the internet websites.  The significance of my book at this very time is that much of what the Japanese are going through today are very much a repeat of what the Japanese civilians suffered in Manchuria under occupation of the Soviet Army and revenge seeking Chinese mobs.  Today, thousands of Japanese are uncomplainingly, patiently, and quietly suffering in shelters as they wait in hope of help much as they did in 1945 and '46.  The fear today is the concerns for unaccounted loved ones, destroyed homes, lost means of earning a living, and constant threat of radiation; the fear in Manchuria were the Soviet soldiers and roaming Chinese and Manchurian gangs intent on seeking revenge on the helpless citizens of yesterday's enemy, cold, hunger and disease.  The Japanese have been through it before as narrated in my book, and I am confident they will come back.

I mention my book because I have just ordered 110 softback ($23) and 35 hardback ($33) books from the publisher and, I am donating 100% of the proceeds from the sale of those books to the Japan Earhtquake Relief effort.  If anyone is interested, they can e-mail me at [email protected]

If you can let thoe on your e-mail know about the above two things, I would be grateful  Thank you very much!

Paul K. Maruyama

President, Japan America Society of Southern Colorado